Japan Disaster Relief Event Update

We are unitedJune 9 (Thursday) 7:30 pm

The Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Fundraising Event: “For Japan, We’re United”

Studio f of Los Angeles presents a special fundraising event for the survivors of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and radiation disasters.

The event, hosted by Rich Capparela of Classical KUSC 91.5 FM, features:

1) Special message and footage from Japan recorded by Frank Buckley, anchor of KTLA Morning News

2) Earthquake preparedness talk by LAFD CERT Program

3) Recital by cellist Marek Szpakiewicz featuring music by Gershwin, Piazzolla, Rachmaninov, and a Japanese song “Furusato (Homeland)”

4) Reception and benefit auction, including donated items from Tiffany & Co. and Nintendo

100% of the proceeds go to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund created by the Japan America Society, and donations are tax deductible.

This event is sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis, and is supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and the Japan America Society.

Suggested donation at the door is $15 and up.

For more information, contact Keiko Mori at (213) 446-9210 or visit www.facebook.com/ForJapanWereUnited

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Help Iwate San Diego Concert June 11June 11 (Saturday) 6:00 pm

Rolando United Methodist Church, 4799 Seminole Drive, San Diego, CA 92115

Help Iwate, Japan – Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Concert

Live Internet video streaming will begin at 5:00 pm at


Presented by Nanka Iwate Kenjinkai and San Diego Japanese Emergency Network (SDJEN)

Suggested donation: $10


Music by Taro Wayama, Guitarist and composer from Iwate

Japanese taiko performance, songs and other Japanese music

Bazaar and Japanese foods

Contact: nankaiwatekenjinkai@live.com (760) 731-0812

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Valerie Narumi photo by Yamaha

Valerie Narumi (photo by Yamaha)

June 12 (Sunday) 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 624-1267

Charity Piano Recital to Benefit Japan Relief Fund

Admission to the recital is free. Donations collected from the charity piano recital will be sent to a Japan relief center via Koyasan headquarters in Japan. In addition, Koyasan headquarters plans to contribute $2 million to cover a 2-year period for those who have lost their homes.

Pianist Valerie Narumi is 12-year-old and lives in Yorba Linda, California. She has received many awards in piano competitions across the country and has performed her original piano and ensemble works at Yamaha’s National and Regional Junior original Concerts since 2005.

Valerie will be performing the following:

Bach: Goldberg Variations (Aria, Variations 1,4,5,10)

Mozart: Piano Sonata in F Major No. 12, K.332

Weber: Invitation to the Dance

Debussy: L’Isle joyeuse


Valerie’s own composition: “Magical Island”, piano duet for four hands

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102

http://www.yamaha.com/thehub/home.html?CNTID=5161594&CTID=5042005 (Journey to the New World)

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Unite 4 JapanJune 12 (Sunday) Time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Warner Grand Theatre, 478 West Sixth Street, San Pedro, CA 90731, (310) 548-7672

UNITE4JAPAN: A concert to aid the victims of Japan’s disaster

Musicians and artists from the South Bay have united to present a benefit concert to raise funds for victims of Japan’s disaster.

All proceeds will go to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund, administered by the Japan America Society of Southern California.

The concert, emceed by radio and TV personality Shadoe Stevens, will feature ten prominent  LA musicians and bands.  In addition, there will be a silent auction featuring donated artworks from renowned local artists.
The UNITE4JAPAN benefit will disburse 100% of the proceeds to the Japan America Society.  All donations will be forwarded to experienced non-governmental disaster relief agencies in Japan, who have a proven track record of emergency humanitarian relief, restoration and development of destroyed areas.

Admission to the UNITE4JAPAN concert is $30 per adult and $15 per student. All ages are welcome. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com. For additional information, email UNITE4JAPAN@aol.com or call (310) 567-4097.

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Cresnshaw HighSchool Elite Choir ConcertJune 12 (Sunday) 5:30 pm doors open, 6:00 pm show

James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

The Great East Japan Earthquake Charity Concert by Crenshaw High School Elite Choir

Hosted by Lighthouse magazine and Japanese Educational Resource Center.

Crenshaw High School Elite Choir has performed at over 1000 concerts and shows in more than 20 countries. They have taken the stage with Steve Wonder, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston to name just a few. This choir was also chosen to sing at the funeral service for the legendary Ray Charles.

General admissions are $25. For tickets, call Lighthouse at (310) 782-6927 or visit www.US-Lighthouse.com  Tickets are also available at service counters at Mitsuwa Market Place (Torrance, Costa Mesa, and Santa Monica)

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Help Iwate Santa Clarita June 18June 18 (Saturday) 7:00 pm

Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Help Iwate, Japan Charity Concert

Musicians from the affected region, Iwate, and Los Angeles performers are uniting to show support, love, and humanity to the people of Japan.

Admission: Donation


Taro Wayama, Guitarist

Robert Elgman, Clarinet

Thomas Foster, Guitarist

Contact: tarowayama@gmail.com